“How Terror Hardens Us”


“We Americans are living through a dread-inducing age,” Jessica Stern writes in the ‘Times, and our feelings of vulnerability have psychological and political consequences. Terror Management Theory, “which suggests that much of human behavior is motivated by an unconscious terror of death,” provides an explanation for the xenophobia and culture wars that often follow the dread of an attack.

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    • Terrorism since 9/11 is almost a scam. A few dozen people have died in America due to terrorism since 9/11. Meanwhile 30,000 people die annually in car crashes, 400,000 plus annually die annually from smoking (CDC figures), hundreds of thousands die to complications from overeating and not exercising, etc. Yet the news is full everyday of stories about how we are in danger due to terrorism. Even in 2001 deaths from terrorism were a blip on the radar relative to deaths from physical diseases and accidents.

      For 99.99% of people in America, terrorism is only a psychological and physical-health danger if you let it be… better to just ignore it and go on living.

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  1. Terror does not harden us. Being bombarded with massively, hysterically overblown “information” that suggests terrorists are around every corner and that drastic emergency action is needed is what hardens us. In essence, we are being “hardened” on purpose by those who benefit from the population living in fear. That’s the core of how fascism gets started, and there are a lot of fascists vying for power these days.

    If we were in Israel or Palestine or Syria or Iraq right now, it might be fair to look at how terrorism affects the population. The USA has no claim to have been a major victim of terrorism since 9/11. Poverty, corruption in politics, domestic abuse, substance abuse, and the killing of people by our pharmaceutical industry are all much more vital issues that are being intentionally sidelined by our obsessive focus on “Islamic terrorism” to the exclusion of all else.

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